Where There's A Will There's A Way

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George "Will" Weatherford is currently in a Japanese hospital. There is something on his brain stem that the doctor has yet to come up with a definite diagnosis for. The doctor has let us know that it is necessary to med evac him home as soon as possible. They will not treat this problem here so he needs to go back to America in order to get the care he needs to treat this condition. On July 20th Will woke up with what he thought was Bells Palsy. He went to the doctor and received medicine that was predicted to make him better within a week. He decided to go ahead and fly to Japan on the 23rd for a family vacation scheduled many months prior to this incident. When he got to Japan his symptoms became worse. He went to the hospital and his condition was presenting as a severe case. The doctor didn't want Will to fly home at this time but stay in the hospital to get IV treatments to fight off what the doctor thought was a virus. 5 days later his symptoms were yet again, worse. More test confirmed that this was not a virus but something more severe. He continues to decline as we wait for the medi evac to make a flight plan. Health insurance will not cover anything outside the states and cannot reimburse us until we return to the United States. Hospital costs will be around $10,000. The medi flight home will cost between $40,000 and $50,000. The state department won't give Will a loan for the medi evac so we are running out of options. About Will:Will is currently a student at Adams State University. He was a state wrestler in high school all four years. Will was valedictorian of his high school class. He is passionate about weight lifting and good nutrition. He loves the Lord. Will wants to finish his college education to help others with fitness and nutrition and finding the Lord. His current job is helping his friend / disabled room mate, with house hold tasks.Will has an enormous heart and we are trying everything that we can to get him home so that doctors are able to treat him. He just wants to come back and see his family and friends. His family appreciates anything you are willing to give. God bless you all.
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I just found Will's valedictorian speech. Just amazing how much you can see looking backwards as to the character Will had through his fight.

My name is George Weatherford. I have been going to Center Schools for the past Seven years and they have been some of the most challenging, yet also the best years of my life. This class of 2015 is the most competitive when it comes to just about everything, none of you are willing to give up on the things you believe in, and all of you are the most persistent people I know.
Even in middle school, all of us understood the importance of education, and we have given it a higher value than past classes have. In the Center School District, we are given more opportunities than any other school district in the San Luis Valley and maybe even in the state of Colorado. I would personally like to thank Mr. Welsh and the School Board for giving us this precious gift. I would also like to thank Mrs. Ruggles for pushing us to apply for much needed scholarships, and helping us to reach our full potential.
Its going to be hard for most of us to adjust to finally being adults but we are well prepared for it. We have all been raised for the past 18-19 years for this very day, and though we may be nervous for the future, the day has come for us to move on. Today is not meant to be a sad day; we will always remember it as one of the happiest days of our lives.
For me, these past four years have been a struggle from the beginning, and I know I’m not the only one. Each one of you has been through a point in your life during high school where you wanted to just give up, some of you more so than others. But, this class is very tightly knit; we have treated each other like family from the very beginning. When the hard times came there was always someone up on this stage that we could count on. We have overcome so much, and I believe that no matter what comes, each and every one of you will, without a doubt, be able to get through it. At one of my lowest points in high school when nothing went my way I had a coach ask me a question, and I’d like to ask all of you the same question. He asked, “Will, what separates a chump from a champ?” all I could reply with was a simple “I don’t know coach.” Then he continued with, “What separates a chump from a champ is that when things don’t quite go his way the chump will lay down and accept defeat, but, the champ will rise up, come back, and give 110 percent of his effort towards victory.” As a Sophomore I didn’t realize how much that would affect me. But that quote will probably stick with me forever. And I hope that you take it the same way I did. Take it as a challenge to succeed. So, what are you? A chump or a champ?
Thank you.
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I am updating this go fund me page. Not asking for donations. Just sadly to update.

Will passed away at home in the morning 5/31/18. He is no longer suffering. Thank you all for your support and love. Keep us in your prayers as we solder through this time.
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Last Monday, June 6th, 2017 we took Will out of the LTAC (Long Term Acute Care) Hospital. Will continues to need oxygen and is on a bi-pap machine at night. He is in a wheelchair and has great difficulty with swallowing, speaking and writing.
Will is working hard to regain as much as he can physically. He is staying with his dad in Lexington, Oklahoma. This next week we will look for a rehab clinic that will take Will so he can continue speech, occupational and physical therapies.
Will has been in the hospital for more than 6 months in Denver, CO. He was able to get a stem cell transplant in hopes that this would cure him of Lymphoma. The jury is still out if he has been cured or not. MRI still shows some things lighting up. The Bone Marrow Transplant team can not say if it is just lung damage from pneumonia or something else. Will suffered aspiration pneumonia two times since his stem cell transplant. He spent two different times in the ICU for several weeks each time in the last 6 months.
Will's spirit to fight against his suffering has been unfathomable. All of us have been amazed at his commitment to getting better. Will has a relationship with Jesus and faith that he will one day get to see Jesus in person. The last time he was admitted to ICU he almost died. Will says he did die at that time and for some reason, he came back to us. He continues to say he has a purpose for still being alive. Will loves to help others when they are hurting.
We are still in need of support. The bills are coming in and we are struggling to make payments to help Will get what he needs.
Thank you for your support.
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Update on Will: Will has successfully gone through his stem cell transplant. Unfortunately he is enduring a setback. Will has been in ICU due to pneumonia from aspiration. Currently he is out of ICU and back on the 11th floor of University Hospital. We are desperately looking for a rehab hospital that will take Will. He has damage to his lungs. Will is more than willing to do the work to get better. Thank you for your prayers.
Relaxing at Christmas.
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Betty Barela Salazar
13 months ago

Will was an amazing young man, Julie. My heart is with you and I hope that you are finding comfort in God’s Loving arms.

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Elizabeth Cunningham Kinion
13 months ago

What an amazing young man. Will was definitely a Champ! What a fighter he was, thanks for sharing his speech Julie.

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Rick Dunnahoo
14 months ago

I'm so very sorry Julie. Even though we've never met, I felt like I knew Will through praying for him and you. I know the pain of losing a child at an early age and am praying for strength and comfort for you.

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Kerry Burnham
29 months ago

Thank-you for the update. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Moms are always strong but don't forget to take care of you.

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
29 months ago

Appreciate the updates. Continued prayers for Will's steady improvement!

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Rick Dunnahoo
30 months ago

Thanks for the update Julie, I have kept Will in my prayers every day and will continue to do so. Will also pray for your strength through all of this.

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
33 months ago

Where would this take place? Continued prayers for Will. Thank you for updating.

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Nancy Wightman King
34 months ago

Good to hear. Safe travel!

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Susan McClure
34 months ago

Great News!!

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Nancy Wightman King
34 months ago

Thanks for the update, Julie. Sounds like some good things are happening for Will, although I know it's slow going. Praying for steady recovery and God's healing hand in all of Will's upcoming challenges. I know he can do it. Love you!!

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Kathy King-Dickman
34 months ago

Prayers are continuing.

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
35 months ago

Julie, I assume you are Will's Mom? I am a friend of Isaac & the Garner family. Thank you once again for the thoughtful update. This photo & Will's "superman photo" give us just the tiniest glimpse into the very difficult work that is going on there in your lives every day. We will continue praying & sharing to get the word out.

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Jo-Ann Grace Bandomer
35 months ago

None of us know what tomorrow will bring, and although we've never met, by your hope and strength I can only believe that Will will! Sending love and healing thoughts. Jo-Ann

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Shelby Gallagher
35 months ago

Your in our thoughts and prayers, Shelby Gallagher Mosca CO

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Kathy King-Dickman
35 months ago

Will. Mr. Dickman and I are praying for you. Rex thinks the world of you and knows you can and will get well. Love, Kathy and Rex Dickman

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
35 months ago

Thank you for the updates. Stay strong... all of you!

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Michelle Rodriguez
36 months ago

With hope and faith, God can make anything happen. Continued prayers for Will and your family.

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Laura Burns Havens
36 months ago

What encouraging news! He looks like he won't give up easy! I will continue to have all of you in my prayers!

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Jo-Ann Grace Bandomer
36 months ago

Wonderful news!

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Michelle Rodriguez
36 months ago

That's great news! God's blessings!

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Lots of love to you and your family, Julie.

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Trust in the Lord for the challenges in life, for He is always triumphant.

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Praying for Will and your family, Julie.

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Stuart Church
26 months ago

Will is an inspiration. Your family is always in my thoughts.

Betty Barela Salazar
13 months ago

Will was an amazing young man, Julie. My heart is with you and I hope that you are finding comfort in God’s Loving arms.

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Elizabeth Cunningham Kinion
13 months ago

What an amazing young man. Will was definitely a Champ! What a fighter he was, thanks for sharing his speech Julie.

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Rick Dunnahoo
14 months ago

I'm so very sorry Julie. Even though we've never met, I felt like I knew Will through praying for him and you. I know the pain of losing a child at an early age and am praying for strength and comfort for you.

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Kerry Burnham
29 months ago

Thank-you for the update. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Moms are always strong but don't forget to take care of you.

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
29 months ago

Appreciate the updates. Continued prayers for Will's steady improvement!

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Rick Dunnahoo
30 months ago

Thanks for the update Julie, I have kept Will in my prayers every day and will continue to do so. Will also pray for your strength through all of this.

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
33 months ago

Where would this take place? Continued prayers for Will. Thank you for updating.

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Nancy Wightman King
34 months ago

Good to hear. Safe travel!

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Susan McClure
34 months ago

Great News!!

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Nancy Wightman King
34 months ago

Thanks for the update, Julie. Sounds like some good things are happening for Will, although I know it's slow going. Praying for steady recovery and God's healing hand in all of Will's upcoming challenges. I know he can do it. Love you!!

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Kathy King-Dickman
34 months ago

Prayers are continuing.

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
35 months ago

Julie, I assume you are Will's Mom? I am a friend of Isaac & the Garner family. Thank you once again for the thoughtful update. This photo & Will's "superman photo" give us just the tiniest glimpse into the very difficult work that is going on there in your lives every day. We will continue praying & sharing to get the word out.

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Jo-Ann Grace Bandomer
35 months ago

None of us know what tomorrow will bring, and although we've never met, by your hope and strength I can only believe that Will will! Sending love and healing thoughts. Jo-Ann

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Shelby Gallagher
35 months ago

Your in our thoughts and prayers, Shelby Gallagher Mosca CO

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Kathy King-Dickman
35 months ago

Will. Mr. Dickman and I are praying for you. Rex thinks the world of you and knows you can and will get well. Love, Kathy and Rex Dickman

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Janet Deering Johnston Basinger
35 months ago

Thank you for the updates. Stay strong... all of you!

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Michelle Rodriguez
36 months ago

With hope and faith, God can make anything happen. Continued prayers for Will and your family.

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Laura Burns Havens
36 months ago

What encouraging news! He looks like he won't give up easy! I will continue to have all of you in my prayers!

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Jo-Ann Grace Bandomer
36 months ago

Wonderful news!

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Michelle Rodriguez
36 months ago

That's great news! God's blessings!

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